Child Care News for Parents August 17, 2016 |®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
August 17, 2016
Welcome, wondering if your child is ready for big school next year? Read our article to help you decide, also tips for giving your kids a lifelong love for books.
Starting school
When to start your child in school is a major decision for parents, particularly for those with a child whose birthday is amidst the grey area of cut-off dates. Do you send at 4½ or wait until almost 6 years old?

School readiness is not about being able to count or know the alphabet – these are skills that are taught once they begin formal education. Being ready for school is more about maturity and having the social skills to cope with the school day. Even though a child may be officially old enough to start school, are they are emotionally ready to begin 13 years of education and thrive at school?
Fostering a love for books in preschool
Though your toddler might be too young to read for themselves, fostering a love for books can be sparked as soon as he can turn a page. A love for books and for reading is something they can carry with them through life, and making books a natural part of life can have a myriad of benefits.

Not only is snuggling up and reading a book together wonderful for your relationship, studies have shown that those children exposed to reading at an early age are more likely to do well in all areas of education. Books also teach basic speech skills, improve communication skills and language comprehension, enhance imagination and assist in ability for logical thinking.

As parents there are several simple things you can do to encourage an interest in books in your child and make reading a fun part of your shared daily lives.
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